The United States along with Norway and the United Kingdom did some Labor Day training in the Barents Sea in the Arctic Ocean.
Ships from the three nations conducted maritime security operations during the UK-led training exercise.
Participants included the Royal Navy frigate HMS Sutherland (F81), the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71), the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA Tidespring (A136), and Royal Norwegian frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl (F314).
“Our maritime advantage continues to be our strong, cohesive partnerships,” said Vice Adm. Gene Black, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in a Navy statement. “Our forces are able to conduct sustained operations in the vital waterways in the Arctic because of the support and cooperation of our international partners, allowing us to be present together where and when it matters.”
U.S. Sixth Fleet routinely operates in the High North to “ensure the region remains stable and free of conflicts,” the statement adds.
“This opportunity to train with Norway and the U.K. is invaluable to the crew,” said Ross’ commanding officer, Cmdr. John D. John, in the statement. “Our Sailors have been working with their counterparts on other ships to gain proficiency in maneuvers at-sea, air operations, tactics, and communications and we look forward to carrying this over to our other operations throughout the region.”
The UK and U.S. Navy also conducted operations in the Barents Sea in May of this year.
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